[Movies] Zak Penn To Direct First Documentary For Xbox
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.19.2013
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Coming Soon reports that producers and cousins Jonathan and Simon Chinn have launched Lightbox, a new multi-platform media company which will create a documentary series for TV. The first project is a series of films for Xbox Entertainment Studio about the "start of the digital revolution".
Simon will work on the series through Red Box Films, which is expected to be aligned with Lightbox. He produced Man on Wire and Searching for Sugar Man. Jonathan worked on the FOX/PBS series American High and FX's 30 Days.
Simon Chinn said: "Our careers have taken different paths, but we have always had a strongly shared sensibility and approach to non-fiction – mine at the more commercial end of feature documentary, Jonathan's at the more thoughtful end of reality. I am incredibly excited by the creative opportunities that exist to break new ground and find new audiences for our content. Being able to work with top industry talent is what will set us apart."
Jonathan Chinn added: "With so many new distribution opportunities now available, our ability to combine the highest quality content with broad commercial appeal will, we hope, make us stand out for a whole array of buyers hungry for the best in non-fiction programming."
The first film is a series looking at the digital age's birth. The first film will focus on the video game burial of 1983, in which the Atari Corporation buried millions of unsold game cartridges for ET the Video Game in the middle of the night in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
Each film will be directed by a different person and will range from an hour to full length. Zak Penn (X-Men 2, The Avengers, Incident At Loch Ness) will direct the first. Lightbox is also working on projects (from its headquarters in London and Los Angeles) for network, cable, on-demand subscription services and online distribution in the US and UK.